Arachnida and Myriapoda – Arachnids and Millipedes

Included animal groups
• Velvet worms (Onychophora)
• Water bears (Tardigrada)
• Tongue worms (Pentastomida)
• Sea spiders (Pycognonida)
Horseshoe crabs (Xiphosura)
• Arachnids (Arachnida)
• Millipedes & Centipedes (Myriapoda)


The whole collection comprises ca.
• 61,600 catalogued items
• 12,000 nominal species
• 5,110 recorded types

 Types of storage
• 20,600 alcohol jars
• 7,400 dry preparations
• 27,300 microscope slides 

• 19,300 books, monographs and reprints
• 4,600 electronic (pdf) items


Colletion overview
Berlin hosts one of the largest — and historically most significant — collections of arachnids and myriapods in Europe. Much of it dates from significant collecting expeditions in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The geographical focus is Germany, central Europe and the Balkans. There is also substantial material from Brazil, Australia, Indonesia and Japan; as well as from former German colonies such as Namibia, Togo, Tanzania and Papua New Guinea.

The collection includes significant historical arachnid material described by, e.g., Carl Ludwig Koch and his son Ludwig Koch as well as types from the former Berlin curators Ferdinand Karsch and Friederich Dahl. There are also spider types from Eugene Simon, and a number of special collections such as Ferdinand Koenike's water mites and many of Karl Verhoeff's, as well as Otto Schubart's millipedes and centipedes. More recent important collections include predatory mites from Wolfgang Karg, oribatid mites from Manfred Moritz, and local German spiders from Bodo von Broen.

Last update: 05.02.2013